Prudential Financial suffers breach in data theft cyber attack

Feb 15 2024

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Today’s hottest cybersecurity news stories:

  • ???? Prudential Financial suffers breach in data theft cyber attack ⚡

  • ???? DarkMe infects Microsoft Smartscreen flaw, victimises traders ????

  • ⚠️ Don’t be fooled by ‘command-not-found’ tool sweeping Ubuntu ????‍????

Wasn’t very Prudent, was it… ????????????

???? Prudential Financial Breach: Employee and Contractor Data Compromised ????️

Prudential Financial, a global financial services giant managing $1.4 trillion in assets, reported a network breach last week. ????

Attackers accessed some systems on February 4th, but Prudential detected and blocked them by February 5th. ????

The breach affected administrative and user data, including accounts linked to employees and contractors. Prudential suspects a cybercrime group behind the intrusion. ????️‍♂️

Although the breach hasn’t impacted operations yet, Prudential notified authorities and initiated an investigation. They haven’t found evidence of customer data compromise so far. ????

This incident follows a similar breach in May 2023, where over 320,000 customer records were exposed due to a breach in a third-party vendor’s platform. ????️‍♂️

Prudential continues to investigate, emphasising its commitment to data security and customer privacy. Stay tuned for further updates. ????????


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#DarkMeToo ????

???? Zero-Day Exploit in Microsoft Defender SmartScreen Exploited by Water Hydra ????

A newly disclosed security flaw in Microsoft Defender SmartScreen has been exploited by an advanced persistent threat actor, Water Hydra, targeting financial market traders. ????

The flaw, CVE-2024-21412, allows attackers to bypass security checks by sending victims a specially crafted file, convincing them to click on it. ????

Trend Micro tracked the campaign since late December 2023, documenting the use of the exploit to distribute DarkMe malware via a booby-trapped URL in forex trading forums. ????️‍♂️

The attack cleverly abuses the search application protocol, leveraging a chain of internet shortcut files to evade SmartScreen detection. ????

Despite Microsoft addressing the flaw in its February Patch Tuesday update, the incident highlights the growing sophistication of cybercrime groups and the increasing risk of zero-day exploits being incorporated into advanced attack chains. ????️

Stay vigilant and ensure your systems are up-to-date to mitigate such threats. ????????

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Ubuntu forget but you ought to remember ????????????

???? Ubuntu Systems Vulnerable to Rogue Package Recommendations ????

Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a potential vulnerability in Ubuntu’s “command-not-found” utility, which could allow threat actors to recommend malicious packages, compromising systems running the Ubuntu operating system. ????

The utility, installed by default on Ubuntu systems, suggests packages to install when users attempt to run unavailable commands. Attackers could manipulate this system to recommend their own rogue packages from the snap repository, potentially leading to software supply chain attacks. ????️

Aqua found a loophole where the alias mechanism can be exploited to register a snap name associated with an alias, tricking users into installing malicious packages. Furthermore, legitimate APT package commands could be impersonated by malicious actors, with as many as 26% of APT package commands vulnerable to impersonation. ????️‍♂️

To mitigate this risk, users are advised to verify package sources before installation, while developers of APT and snap packages should register associated snap names to prevent misuse. Vigilance and proactive defence strategies are crucial in light of this threat. ????????

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